Each year thousands of California Gray Whales make the long trek from their feeding grounds in the nutrient rich arctic waters to caving grounds in Baja, Mexico. The migration of approximately 10,000 km is thought to be the longest migration of any mammal.
The whales can reach a length of 52ft, a weight of 36 tons and an age of 60 years. The California Gray Whale for as large as they seem to us, is just a mid size whale. They get their name both from the gray slate color of their skin as well as from the gray-white patterns left by parasites. The California Gray Whale is classified as a baleen whale because it filters its food out from large quantities of sea water.
The Gray Whales were the first to be protected - beginning in 1937. There were historically 4 different populations, but only two have survived and only 1 population is healthy. Unlike most nature stories you may hear, the story of the California Gray Whale is considered a success story. Having been hunted almost to extinction, they have rebounded and now have an estimated population of 30,000 individuals.
Not only do we have the Gray Whales around San Diego, but it is also possible to see Orca (Killer) Whales, Blue Whales and others as well. Sighting of these are much rarer however. Lately however, the Blue Whales sightings have been very common and seeing several on each charter is common.
Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience the grandeur of these magnificent creatures of the deep up close on your own private whale watching charter. In addition to the whales you are alos going to see lots of additional wildlife.